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Benz wins Kripke Award for promoting women in science, medical careers
Date:3/23/2011

HOUSTON - Noted hematologist Edward J. Benz Jr., M.D., is the 2011 recipient of the Margaret L. Kripke Legend Award for Promotion of Women in Cancer Medicine and Cancer Science presented by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Benz, president and chief executive officer of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, receives the award at 4 p.m. March 24 at MD Anderson.

The first male recipient of the Kripke Legend Award, Benz has been a mentor to numerous women physicians and scientists, many of whom went on to impressive leadership positions. He also has been an advocate for women pursuing medical careers.

Dedication to gender equality

"We're delighted to have our first male awardee," said Elizabeth Travis, Ph.D., MD Anderson associate vice president of Women Faculty Programs, which sponsors the award. "It reinforces that gender equity and advancement is not a women's issue but an issue for all of us if we're to make the most of highly talented people."

The Kripke Legend Award recognizes scientific and medical leaders who have made extraordinary efforts to hire a diverse workforce, promote women to leadership roles, nominate them for awards and otherwise advance their careers. It was established in honor of Professor Emerita Margaret Kripke, Ph.D., a distinguished scientist who achieved many firsts for women at MD Anderson, culminating in her promotion to executive vice president and chief academic officer.

Benz will deliver the Kripke lecture, "Applying Mentorship, Leadership and Power of Position to Enhancing the Career Development of Women Faculty," in MD Anderson's Hickey Auditorium.

Acclaimed researcher, academic leader

An internationally recognized expert in inherited anemias and red blood cell diseases, Benz also is a professor and the oncology faculty dean at Harvard Medical School. During his distinguished career in academic internal medicine, he has remained a
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Contact: Scott Merville
smerville@mdanderson.org
713-792-0661
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
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